Ready for the Olympics? What You Need to Know to Watch

Ready to watch the Olympics 2012? With the excitement starting tonight and lasting for the next 16 days, it's time to start thinking about your viewing options. (Especially if you plan on cheering for your team and athletes!) Here's what you need to know:

The Olympics will be broadcast on NBC. If you have a TV subscription that includes MSNBC or CNBC, you can watch the events online

The opening ceremony will ONLY be broadcast through your TV provider (so you can't watch it online.) NBC told

"They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large primetime audiences that gather together to watch them. We will be providing clips and highlights of each ceremony online so viewers know what to look forward to in primetime on NBC."

The opening ceremony airs on NBC at 7:30 EST/7:30 PST for west coast. 

Lastly, if you don't have cable or NBC, you won't be able to view many of the events -- but you can still view some at or by downloading the "NBC Olympic" application to your smartphone. 

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